Families of 9/11 victims are finally going to get their day in court. For the first time in his administration, a Barack Obama veto has been overridden. The bill, which allows families of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their alleged involvement in the worst attack ever on U.S. soil, was strongly opposed by Obama and the Saudis.
The Senate voted 97-1 to override the veto, with only Harry Reid (D-NV) voting against it. The two senators who were missed the vote were Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine, who were both out campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
The House vote wasn’t quite as overwhelming, voting 348-77 in favor of the bill, which was more than enough to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency.
While the votes were decisive, there are people on both sides of the aisle who claim this will open up a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of people and groups in turn suing the United States. That claim is nothing more than a smokescreen in an attempt to protect the Saudis, who have made many threats of their own if this bill passed.
This may be the first sign that our government is starting to wake up and realize what the Saudi government is really about. It is one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet, and they’ve been spreading hatred toward non-Muslims (particularly Christians and Jews) throughout the world for decades. Administrations from both sides of the aisle have been kowtowing to them far too much over the years. Perhaps this rare show of political unity in overriding the President’s veto is the first visible sign that we’ve had enough. Or at least one can hope.